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Happy 50th Birthday: George Clooney Is a True Star & Class Act At 50

May 6th, 2011 8:30am EDT
George Clooney
“It's not about an opening weekend,” George Clooney once mused. “It's about a career, building a set of films you're proud of. Period.” 50 years into his life, mission accomplished. ...And a whole lot more besides.

Hollywood’s often accused of being superficial, debauched, stupid. Ironically, the king of the town is none of these things. George Clooney is a welcome rarity. In so many ways he’s above Hollywood - the tabloid scandals, the Botox, the surface nothingness. For all Clooney’s partying, good looks and joking around, there’s no hiding the fact he’s a proper grown up. The man has de...
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'The Men Who Stare At Goats' Trailer Released, Looks Bizarrely Awesome

August 31st, 2009 12:10pm EDT
George Clooney
The Men Who Stare at Goats trailer came out recently, and I've got to say this should certainly be on the radar for anyone that would enjoy a bizarre (albeit true!) romp with Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges. Trailer after the break!

Best Week Ever clued me in on the existence when they first listed it on their 15 Movies To Be Excited About in 2009 and while they may be a bit worried about the lack of goats in the trailer, consider this writer sold.

The Men Who Stare at Goats follows the Jon Ronson book about an investigative reporter who stumbles upon a m...
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The Top Celebrity Cocktails (& How To Make Them!)

April 6th, 2009 9:27am EDT
Celebrity drinks
What do you get when you mix glamour girls, bad boys, musical icons, and booze? You could either get your next major headline or a fabulous cocktail that can jumpstart any party. While we love juicy gossip, the highly secretive 5-star drinks savored by the rich and famous have been rarely revealed…until now. We've chatted with top mixologists, discovered celebrity-studded restaurants, and even dug up guarded recipes from the stars themselves just so we can have a taste of the top drinks that are making the rounds at A-list bashes. If you haven't been invited to any Hollywood soirées late...
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The Three Best & Worst Films Starring George Clooney

March 28th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
George Clooney in Syriana
George Clooney is a strange player in the entertainment world. While widely renowned as an A-list movie star with universal sex appeal, Clooney's film career isn't as rife with blockbuster hits as one may think.

He does have the fashionably discredited, and thusly underrated, Ocean's series, but today's Cary Grant has only two films, The Perfect Storm and Batman and Robin, that grossed over $100 million domestically. The majority of his films are what one might call prestige films - vehicles to exhibit his considerable acting and directing talent. This is possibly because his star was...
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'Damages' The Complete First Season Available On DVD And Blu-ray

February 1st, 2008 10:06am EST
Damages
Damages: The Complete First Season, with all 13 episodes of FX's engrossing legal thriller, debuted on DVD January 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (101 Dalmatians, Dangerous Liaisons) stars in the compelling drama, along with Ted Danson (TV's "Becker"), Rose Byrne (Marie Antoinette) and Tate Donovan (Good Night & Good Luck). Having just been picked up by FX for two more seasons, Damages now arrives on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def disc, both with exclusive bonus content, including behind the scenes featurettes.

Set in New Yor...
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Winfrey, Other Producers Of 'The Great Debaters' To Receive PGA Award

December 13th, 2007 10:07am EST
The Great Debaters
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oprah Winfrey and other producers behind the Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker film ''The Great Debaters'' will receive an award from the Producers Guild of America for illuminating provocative social issues.

The film's producers will receive the 2008 Stanley Kramer Award at the PGA Awards on Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the guild announced Wednesday. Among those who produced the film are Todd Black, Kate Forte, Joe Roth and Winfrey.

''Oprah and I are very proud of this film and honored to receive the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award,'' Forte said. '''The G...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 6

May 6th, 2007 3:00am EDT
George Clooney
Happy Birthday to Slovenian model Melania Knauss (1970), late "National Lampoon's European Vacation" actress Dana Hill (1964; d. 1996), "Good Night, And Good Luck" star George Clooney (1961), "Touched By An Angel" star Roma Downey (1960), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair (1953), "Babylon 5" actor Michael O'Hare (1952), singer Mary MacGregor (1948), rock and roll singer Bob Seger (1945), country singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore (1945), storied boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (1937), baseball legend Willie Mays (1931), film legend Orson Welles (1915; d. 1985), Italian actor Rudolph Va...
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And The Best Film Trailers Are ...

June 13th, 2006 11:16am EDT
Billed as the world's fastest awards show, the 7th Annual Golden Trailer Awards (GTA) has once again delivered an evening of turbo-charged coming attractions and raucous, cutting-edge comedy. The definitive word in movie previews, the high-profile GTA announced the results of their competition for best trailers in 16 categories.

The Golden Trailer Awards was founded by Evelyn Brady and Monica Brady in New York City in 1999 and has grown to become one of the most anticipated film events of the year. And the winners are:

Best Action Winner

Mission: Impossible III, Paramount Pictur...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 6

May 6th, 2006 3:00am EDT
George Clooney
Happy Birthday to Slovenian model Melania Knauss (1970), late "National Lampoon's European Vacation" actress Dana Hill (1964; d. 1996), "Good Night, And Good Luck" star George Clooney (1961), "Touched By An Angel" star Roma Downey (1960), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair (1953), "Babylon 5" actor Michael O'Hare (1952), singer Mary MacGregor (1948), rock and roll singer Bob Seger (1945), country singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore (1945), storied boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (1937), baseball legend Willie Mays (1931), film legend Orson Welles (1915; d. 1985), Italian actor Rudolph Va...
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George Clooney Criticizes Democratic Inaction

March 14th, 2006 10:03am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney has blasted the Democrat party for failing to voice opposition in the run up to the Iraq war. The actor and director, who has been branded unpatriotic in some quarters for

his overtly political projects Syriana and Good Night, And Good Luck, made the tirade via a posting on The Huffington Post blog site.

He singled out party leaders for being afraid to attract negative press or appear unfaithful to their country.

He writes, "The fear of (being) criticized can be paralysing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot o...
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New Movies on DVD, March 14

March 14th, 2006 8:00am EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
Although George Clooney didn't win an Oscar for directing Good Night, And Good Luck, (he did win supporting actor for Syriana), the movie has been well recieved by critics and moviegoers alike. The film is set in the early 1950's when the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States. Exploiting those fears was Sen. McCarthy. However, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. Also on DVD this week: A History Of Violence and The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio....
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...
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Survey Says 'Crash' Should Win Best Picture

March 2nd, 2006 2:24pm EST
According to a new Harris poll, 20 percent of U.S. adults say Crash should win the Best Picture Oscar this year. Only 13 percent believe Brokeback Mountain should win, followed by 10 percent who each say Good Night and Good Luck and Munich should take home the award. The fifth nominee Capote has the support of just 4 percent of adults.

What may be worrisome for the producers of the Academy Awards is that 24 percent of adults say they are not sure who should win, and 18 percent think none of these five should win. Without being invested in a movie, will they tune in to watch the awards?...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Outperforms Other Best Picture Nominees

February 7th, 2006 12:21pm EST
Brokeback Mountain
Solidifying its nationwide appeal, Brokeback Mountain has become the top-grosser among the five films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award this year. As of yesterday, the film topped $60 million domestically, outpacing the domestic grosses for fellow Best Picture nominees Capote ($18 million to date), Crash ($54 million final gross), Good Night, and Good Luck ($27 million to date), and Munich ($43 million to date).

Brokeback Mountain was nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director), more than any other film this year. Following the nominations...
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Julia Roberts Congratulates George Clooney On Making Oscar History

January 31st, 2006 4:49pm EST
George Clooney
George Clooney made Oscar history this morning when he became the first person to receive a nomination in the Directing and in the Acting categories for different films in the same year. George's good friend and "Ocean's Twelve" co-star, Julia Roberts said, "It's wonderful to see George and everyone connected with 'Good Night, and Good Luck.' recognized in this way. I could not be happier for all of them."

The Oscar winning actress adds, "'Woo hoo' for Reese Witherspoon" who received her first Oscar nomination. She will be going head to head in the Best Actress category with fellow 200...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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'The Constant Gardener' Gets Most BAFTA Nominations

January 19th, 2006 9:50am EST
The Constant Gardener
British thriller The Constant Gardener has been nominated for 10 BAFTAs from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The adaptation of the John Le Carre novel, which stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, is up for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress and seven other awards. Ang Lee's gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain and racial drama Crash both received nine nominations.

The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place at the Odeon, in London's Leicester Square, on February 19. The Constant Gardener will face stiff competition in the Best Film category...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Snags Top Honors at Golden Globes

January 17th, 2006 9:14am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globe awards scooping four honors - including Best Motion Picture. The movie - which had seven nominations at the prestigious ceremony - also won Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song. But lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the Best Dramatic Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Capote.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were both honored for their performances in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The film also won the award for Best Mo...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Garners Most SAG Nominations

January 5th, 2006 11:15am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. Brokeback Mountain leads the pack in film with four nominations, followed by Capote and Crash (each with three nominations).

The film nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN – Jim Braddock

Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE – Truman Capote

Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Ennis Del Mar

Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE – John R. Cash (

D...
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Screenwriters Nominate Top Films of 2005

January 4th, 2006 1:47pm EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
The Writers Guild of America just announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2005 season. Nominees for original screenplay are: Cinderella Man; Crash; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Good Night, and Good Luck; and The Squid and the Whale.

Nominees for adapted screenplay are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, and Syriana.

Films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were produced signatory to the Writers Guild minimum basic agreement, and released in the year 2005 under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of Amer...
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More Awards for 'Brokeback Mountain'

December 20th, 2005 10:05am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at the Satellite Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, picking up four accolades. Ang Lee picked up Best Director for the film, which was also named Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Editing and Best Song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," at the 10th annual awards, which are organized by the International Press Academy.

Meanwhile, Philip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for Capote, while Felicity Huffman garnered Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for Transamerica.

In the Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy catego...
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'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Desperate Housewives' Sweep Golden Globe Nominations

December 14th, 2005 9:04am EST
Desperate Housewives
Hollywood's first gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain is set to ride off with seven Golden Globes. The controversial movie - which stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal - is being lined up for the coveted awards including best picture, making the film an Oscar favorite. George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck and Woody Allen's Match Point are also up for best movie. However, director Peter Jackson's movie-of-the-moment, King Kong, received just two nominations.

Meanwhile, hit show Desperate Housewives dominated the Golden Globes television nominations - with four of its five lead f...
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AFI Honors the Top 10 Movies, TV Shows in 2005

December 12th, 2005 2:57pm EST
Syriana
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI Awards 2005, AFI's almanac, which records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image.

The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

CAPOTE

CRASH

THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

LUCK.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

KING KONG

MUNICH

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

SYRIANA

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

24

BATTLESTAR GAL...
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'Brokeback Mountain,' Others Get LAFCA Awards

December 12th, 2005 10:50am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was voted "Best Picture of the Year" by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was A History of Violence. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles.

Other award winners are:

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

- Runner-up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone

- Runner-up: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents

ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

- Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

SCREEN...
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George Clooney To Receive Freedom Award

December 1st, 2005 5:24pm EST
George Clooney
The Broadcasting Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today that it will honor George Clooney by presenting him with its Freedom Award on the live telecast of 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards set to air on The WB Monday, January 9, 2006 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET) from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The BFCA presents its Freedom Award to individuals "for illuminating our shared values of freedom, tolerance and democracy." Dennis Miller, the Emmy Award-winning comedian and social commentator will host the gala event. Last year, Tom Cruise was presented the Distinguished Career Achievemen...
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George Clooney Denies Drunken Brawl

November 4th, 2005 2:22pm EST
George Clooney
Actor George Clooney has denied a report by the London Evening Standard that he was involved in a drunken brawl with a security guard outside of a London nightclub. Clooney, 44, tells "Access Hollywood" that contrary to reports, he was coming to the defense of a woman outside the London nightclub, and did not get into an altercation with a security guard.

"I won't stand by while someone is being insulted and maligned," said Clooney, who was in London for the premiere of his film, "Good Night, and Good Luck," via a statement. "No person I know would."

Stan Rosenfield, the actor's...
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George Clooney And Lisa Snowdon Spark Rumors Of New Romance

November 4th, 2005 9:45am EST
George Clooney
George Clooney has sparked rumors he has rekindled his romance with Lisa Snowdon - after she attended his latest film premiere. The Hollywood bachelor, who has had an on-off relationship with the British model, turned up to the London screening on 'Good Night and Good Luck' alone.

But just moments later, stunning Lisa arrived at the Leicester Square cinema, claiming she was there to "support a friend." The couple called time on their year-long relationship in May after deciding their long-distance romance had run its course.

Sources claimed living apart - TV presenter Lisa lives in En...
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New Film Releases for Friday, Nov. 4

November 2nd, 2005 6:59am EST
Chicken Little
The animated film Chicken Little adds a new twist to the classic children's tale. Zach Braff voices the title character, while Joan Cusack is Abby Mallard and Steve Zahn plays Runt of the Litter.

Jarhead centers on Marine enlistee Swoff (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his transition from boot camp to active duty. There has been some Oscar buzz surrounding Gyllenhaal’s performance.

Still in theaters: Saw II, The Legend of Zorro, Prime, Dreamer, Wallace & Gromit, The Weather Man, Doom, North Country, The Fog, Flightplan, Elizabethtown, and Good Night, And Good Luck .
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Moviegoers Preferred Saw II This Halloween Weekend

October 31st, 2005 10:11am EST
Saw II was the big winner at the box office this past weekend. The thriller earned over $30 million, almost double the second runner-up The Legend of Zorro ($16.5 million). Meanwhile, the comedy Prime came in the number three spot with a mere $6.4 million. This weekend's other new film, The Weather Man, opened in sixth place with just $4.3 million.

In order, the top 10 for Oct. 28-29 were: Saw II ($30 million), The Legend of Zorro ($16.4 million), Prime ($6.4 million), Dreamer ($6.3 million), Wallace & Gromit ($4.4 million), The Weather Man ($4.3 million), Doom ($4 million), North C...
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IFP Announces Gotham Award Nominees

October 27th, 2005 11:43am EDT
Capote
The Independent Film Project (IFP) just announced the nominations for the 15th Annual Gotham Awards. Winners will be awarded at the ceremony on Nov. 30 in New York City. The nominees were selected by three separate nominating committees composed of critics and film programmers. Nominees for “Best Feature” are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, A History of Violence, Keane, and Me and You and Everyone We Know.

The annual Gotham Awards celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year. By recognizing that the best films come from a place that is more fir...
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